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Features VINTAGE SPRINT CAR PIC THREAD, 1965 and older only please.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Joshua Shaw, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. Crudbro
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    Thunder Returns is an annual event at the former Portsmouth Speedway. This years' event is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th. Come join us!. Craig
     
  2. 29AVEE8
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    Some late nite work on Jud Larson's Zink Watson, to no avail, 1957.
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  3. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Rodger Ward, Hoosier 100 1962. 4x-26-a ward 62.JPG

    Shorty Templeman, Indy 1956. 4x-26-b-temp.JPG
     
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  4. info says 1969 leroy felty owner/driver ????? b. bessie
    mlight9 Leroy Felty Basement Bessie in 69.jpg
     
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  5. 28dreyer
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  6. 29AVEE8
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    Rathman and Ward, Daytona 1959
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  7. larrypfitz
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    Watson built two roadsters for the 1959 racing season -- Ward's #5 and Jim Rathmann's #16. Right out of the box, Jim won both Daytona races, setting a world closed course race speed record (170.261MPH). Six weeks later Rodger won the 500 with Jim finishing second. A very good year for AJ!
     
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  8. Rootie Kazoootie
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    If nothing else Basement Bessie was versatile, from 2 1/2 mile Indy to 1/2 mile dirt to the IRP roadcourse. Here's Gary Congdon taking a "spin" at IRP 1965:
    4x-27-a.JPG 4x-27-b.JPG 4x-27-c.JPG 4x-27-d.JPG
     
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  9. indyrjc
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    Gary Congdon was a all around athlete in his own right while growing up. He also had a brother that played professional basketball in both the NBA and ABA.

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/congdje01.html

    And notice in the photos that Congdon appears to be wearing only a Sam Browne belt even though double over the shoulder harnesses had been required for several years by 1965. I guess USAC needed all of the cars that they could get for their first road course race.
     
  10. 29AVEE8
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    Larry should know. The Rathman car is in his collection. Larry, for several years compiled the information and published "The Roadster Roster" a detailed list of surviving Indy Roadsters. Good to hear from you Larry.

    Mike McCurdy.
     
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    Jean Marcenac and the NOVI.

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  12. Speedwrench
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    Not sure if this is true or not, but I remember hearing a story that Bessie broke in half at the firewall at one of the miles when Congdon was driving it and that he just unbuckled and walked out the open front.
     
  13. Michael Ferner
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    That looks like an Offy engine - to the best of my knowledge, Felty drove only Central Pennsy Super Sprints that year, Offies not eligible!!
     
  14. 29AVEE8
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    Ted Horn outside of the Ross Page 1948 not sure where.

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  15. Michael Ferner
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    Great picture! Looks like Du Quoin...
     
  16. indyrjc
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    For those who might be in Indiana:

    Susannah Stapp is putting on a fundraiser to benefit the Racers at Rest group. Specifically, she wants to raise enough money to purchase a headstone for riding mechanic Lawson Harris who was killed during a tire test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1939.

    Her grandfather, Babe Stapp, was the driver that day and he somehow escaped with relatively minor injuries.

    For some reason Harris was buried in an unmarked grave at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis so Susannah wants to finally mark his resting place.

    The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame is the sponsor of this event since they have also worked to provide grave markers for drivers in the past and have the contacts to help make that possible.

    This event is a spaghetti dinner and will be held on Thursday, May 5th at the American Legion Post at 1926 North Georgetown Road alongside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    The dinner is at 6:30PM and the program with Pancho Carter and Steve Stapp starts at 7:30PM.

    Make your reservations at $20 per person through the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (they are set up to accept credit cards) at 1-800-874-4488. You can also contact Tom Schmeh at the Hall of Fame by e-mail at tschmeh@sprintcarhof.com

    Please RSVP by 12 Noon on Monday, May 2nd so that an accurate head count can be made for food preparation.

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  17. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Sessions, Branson and McElreath keeping the faith at Atlanta 65. 4x-28-a.JPG

    Taking louver punching and pit road sartorial standards to the next level is the Hamilton Harris Spl. with Ralph Hepburn up 1939. 4x-28-b-hep 39.JPG
     
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    Paul Russo observes repairs to his NOVI after the first lap NE accident 1958.

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  19. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Arnie Knepper, Hoosier 100 1964 4x-29-a knep 64.jpg

    Pa. racer Byron Horne had a bad crash while taking his rookie test, 1949. Though badly hurt he did survive. Put quite a hurt on Andy G's old race car too, 4x-29-b horne 49-2.JPG
     
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  20. Jim Nise
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    On the Russo fix, they tried to use tar from the concrete seams to plug the radiator. It didn't work as one would suspect.
     
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    what ever became of the Konstant Hot Volsted car??
     
  22. Jim Nise
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    Bruce Homeyer, who originally owned the Konstant Hot cars, was killed in a plane crash. Tassi Vattis bought the cars and the Konstant Hot business. I don't remember the time frame however.
     
  23. flatheadtommy
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    was that the day Ted was killed ? We know that was the champ car he was killed in. I believe it was the Oct. race 1948.
     
  24. 32STUPRES
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    The #14 Konstant Hot Spl. is currently owned by Dano Davis of Jacksonville, Fl..(Brumos Racing)...it's at Indy each year during the vintage event and will be in 2016...Joe
     
  25. Rootie Kazoootie
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    I believe that is the Sept. labor day race and Hal Robson was driving the Ross Page car. It appears that the R/P car wasn't entered in the Oct. race.
     
  26. Jim Nise
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    Horn died 10 Oct 1948 at Duquion.

    Wasn't Robson killed at Atlanta right after winning Indy?
     
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  27. 29AVEE8
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    George Robson was the 1946 Indy winner. I believe Hal was his younger brother.
     
  28. 29AVEE8
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    Interesting oil tank treatment on Eddie Johnson's Trevis, 1962.

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  29. racer chaser
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    Ted Horn and Hal Robson DuQuoin 1948
     
  30. 29AVEE8
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    Jim Rathman receives service before going out to resume battle with Ward and Thomson, 1960. Man there is a lot going on in this picture. Smokey is looking down at a gloved hand that appears to be wiping the top of the sump tank or perhaps that is the air hose attachment as I seem to see it right at smokeys left thigh. I believe that is "Chickie" pointing the extinguisher at Rathman. The fuel hose is back over the wall so why does the guy have his hand on the filler? The left rear seems a little late, perhaps they delayed the left rear until the fuel was in, looks like he is going for the mallet at this point.

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